6 April 2015

Is it just me...

Is it just me or do guys with white framed sunglasses look like total douches? I bet they look awesome with a pair of duck lips...puke

Is it just me or are men's razors the biggest rip-off ever? They're so expensive and all the beard hair gets clogged in between the 16 blades these things have nowadays and never seems to get out.

Is it just me or are Big Macs getting smaller and smaller? Pretty soon they'll be included in a Happy Meal with the junky toy that looks pretty good until you get it out of the package.

Is it just me or does the gas level shown on the bottom half of the gas gauge go faster than the top half? Who cares, all of it goes way too fast.

Is it just me or was Breaking Bad the best show ever? Sorry Walking Dead, zombies are cool but I'll have to go with Heisenberg and his awesome hat!

Is it just me or is golf the world's most boring sport to watch? Oh wait, how about synchronized swimming and cricket and tennis and...

21 February 2013

Life's challenges

Wow, after more than a year I'm finally getting back to my blog. It's amazing what can happen in that time span. Lots of life altering changes, lots of pain, lots of the unknown. It always amazes me how a person can get kicked in the beets or kitty and carry on.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.  These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Reserved for me, that Depends

I'm at that wonderful age in a man's life that has been labelled as my mid life.  I'm only 47.  Does that mean I will live to 94 ?  I hope I do, my family would probably have some issues with this though.

Each birthday I have, I give the kids a friendly reminder I had to feed them and change their diapers for many years.  They just laugh, hahaha Dad's so funny, not realizing the complexity or the foreshadowing of my statement.  If they actually put some thought to my words of wisdom they would start preparing for the future.  Get straight A's in school, score that big buck career, set up Dad in a 5 star geriatric resort and everybody will be very happy.  Depend Incontinence Products (old fart diapers) are expensive and hold about 10 times the volume that Pampers do. 

Anyway back to the mid life part which will now contain the "crisis".

I think I went through my own mid life crisis a few years ago when I realized something was missing in my life.  Nope, not the sportscar or a big boobed blonde bimbo.  Not the belly tuck or manboob job either.  I was missing the...wait for it...here it comes...the Army Reserve.  Oh yeah!  Were else could I play with guns, blow things up, dress up in real cool stuff and save my country from the forces of evil.

So here's my take on joining the military, it's my 29 step process which I code named "Operation Crisis Eradication" sounds kind of Armyish don't you think?

1) meet up with Army Guy reeking of manhood at actual Army base, Oh Yeah
2) try to find Army Guy dressed in camo's in camo infested office
3) found him, listen to reeking Army Guy curse
4) giggle and add new Army Guy curse words to memory bank
5) visualize if those Army Guy curse words were physically possible and giggle some more
6) nod your head once in awhile to give the impression that you know what all that Army talk means
7) bite your tongue when wanting to ask Army Guy "What was that first part again?"
8) sign badly photocopied Army Guy papers, couldn't read it but I'm not worried
9) get into Army Guy physical shape and ready to kick some butt
10) take Army Guy computer testing to weed out the dolts, barely passed dolt test, close one!
11) sign lots of Army Guy papers, don't read them, too many big words
12) get Army Guy medical test in an ice cold room, can you say "shrinky dink"?
13) take Army Guy physical test in a moist, stinky, sweaty room at Army base
14) go home, dream about being an Army Guy, practice Army Guy curse words
15) wait more than 1 year for a phone call to invite you to be sworn in
18) show up at Army base and realize everyone is 25 years younger than you
19) get sworn in by Head Army Guy and sign some very intimidating papers
20) I think the Queen now owns me
21) bite your tongue when wanting to ask Head Army Guy "What was that first part again?"
22) became an official Private in the Army Reserve
23) show up for 1st week, get yelled at by Corporal
24) ruck march in the dark, get yelled at by Corporal
25) pick up cool army stuff at Army base, get yelled at by Corporal
26) show up for 3 more weeks, get yelled at by Corporal and Master Corporal
27) Army Guy mid life crisis officially over
28) officially retire from the Army Guy fubar
29) can't wait to use new Army Guy curse words

7 February 2012

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross quotes

“The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.”

“There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally.”

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

“It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”

“We think sometimes we're only drawn to the good, but we're actually drawn to the authentic. We like people who are real more than those who hide their true selves under layers of artificial niceties”

"We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear."

"The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well."

"I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime."

"There is no joy without hardship. If not for death, would we appreciate life? If not for hate, would we know the ultimate goal is love? At these moments you can either hold on to negativity and look for blame, or you can choose to heal and keep on loving."

"Live, so you do not have to look back and say: "God, how I have wasted my life."

"We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them."

"Negativity can only feed on negativity."

3 February 2012

StarWars in 3D

I was never a StarWars fan when I was growing up.  It just didn't appeal to me back then.  I had my bike with the banana seat & sissy bar and way too much energy.  Plus my parents didn't go to watch movies so I just hung out with my buddies, who also didn't like StarWars.

Fast forward 30+ years with StarWars becoming huge again.  For Christmas I got a BluRay player and the StarWars collection.  With my 2 young sons loving everything StarWars, they are trying to enlightened me on the 'Force' and the 'Dark Side'.  I can't figure out who most of the characters are and what's up with all the guys in white helmets.  Clone troopers, storm troopers HUH?  Just tell me which team everyone plays for!

The other day I offered to take my family to see the re-release of Episode 1.  I know the boys will love it and maybe seeing it without interuptions on the big screen in 3D will clear things up for me.

I think I'm getting old. Should have watched StarWars in 1977 like everyone else.
May the Force be with you...I think that's good, isn't it?

2 February 2012

Welcome to my blog

When I lived in Malaysia awhile back I was asked by a friend to visit a Buddhist Temple.  Being from Canada and brought up Catholic, I was a little apprehensive at first.  I knew absolutely nothing about Buddhism except one of my favourite music CD's was Smilin' Buddha Cabaret by 54-40 and had a very happy Buddha on the cover.

Once we drove closer I could see the distinct shape of the temple nestled amongst some residential homes. It was beautiful, surrounded by lush trees and the most incredible plants.  As I entered the temple, the sweet smell of burning incense and the sight of a large gold Buddha gave me a complete sense of serenity. I then noticed a few Monks walking quietly around and I couldn't help but follow their every step. It was the most amazing experience I had known.

When I came back to Canada I deeply missed Malaysia.  It was my home for 2 years.  With my interest in Buddhism still peaked, I read books and took a meditation course.  But over the years, my differing interests slowly pushed Buddhism out of my life.

Recently I found one of my books on Buddhism mixed in with a stack of old things. Almost very night when my kids are asleep I turn on my tiny headlamp and start to rekindle my interest in Buddhism a few pages at a time.

I will be posting about all kinds of things I enjoy watching, eating, doing etc. not just Buddhism stuff.

Cheers !